Over the past several weeks I have had the honor and privilege of officiating at two Celebration of Life services and one graveside service. These individuals were loved by their families, loved by friends, had a solid Christian faith, and were in their golden years. They lived long, full lives and had seen their families grow. We shared stories about the influence that they made on their children and so many others. We laughed, we cried, we started healing the hurts that death inevitably brings.
This morning, at our second service, I baptized a 10 month old. He is just beginning with his life, his proud parents are glowing as they enter the sanctuary, and the congregation is beaming with joy for the new life coming into the church. It is a time where we all look forward; to watch this new life grow, to project where he will go, and what career he will choose. The sky is the limit, we just need to make sure we offer the guidance needed.
So the baton is passed. As one runner is finished, a new runner takes off, running their part of this race known as life.
Every morning during my devotional time, I read several passages and have read them for years. They never grow old, each and every single time they seem to point me somewhere new in my thoughts or in my actions. This morning as I was reading Isaiah 40: 28-31, the idea of passing the baton came to me and so I want to share this passage with you now.
Isaiah 40: 28-31 (NRSV)
“28.) Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. 29.) He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. 30.) Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; 31.) but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Think about the life that you are running right now. You do not have to run that life alone, relying upon your own strength. Reach out to the God who can lift you up on eagle’s wings, giving you strength to meet any challenge.